A History of the Town of Fountain, 1901-1907
Chronology established from “Fountain Department,” by A. Frank Eason, Farmville Enterprise, June 8, 1917, page 6.
March 19, 1901 — R.A. Fountain opens store w/ cousin, J.L., as Fountain & Co.; second Fountain store built at unknown date.
1903 — R.L. Jefferson & Bros. established.
1905 — [R.A.] Gardner & [C.C.] Baker established.
1907 [approximate] — Owens livery established.
Dec. 27, 1907 — Gardner & Baker & entire block of Wilson Street consumed by fire. Brick buildings replaced the formerly wooden buildings.
Spring 1908 — Gardner establishes a small grocery store.
1909 — D.F. Lang & M.D. Yelverton organize Lang & Yelverton.
June 10, 1910 — Bank of Fountain opens.
1911 [approximate] — C.C. Baker, meat market organized.
1912 — Jonas Dilda & D.R. Mercer buy stock in Gardner’s grocery, which becomes R.A. Gardner & Co.
1912 — D.F. Lang moves to Farmville; M.D. Yelverton Co. organized.
1913 — 3RD Fountain & Co. building, 64×110Â¹ brick store, built.
January 1, 1915 — M.D. Yelverton Co. dissolved; Smith & Yelverton organized.
1915 — Beasley Drugs organized.
November 18, 1915 — Fire destroys Fountain & Co., out of business but one day before re-opening in another spot.
1916 — Present Fountain & Co. building erected.
1916 — Owens Millinery organized.
Dec. 1916 — Fountain Bank reports $123,924 in deposits.
1917 — R.A. Gardner building completed.
January 1917 — C.L. Owens buys stock in Jefferson Bros., which becomes Jefferson Bros. & Co.
June 8, 1917 — Frank Eason reports in Farmville Enterprise that:
- Jefferson’s (R.L., J.W., & G.W.) is a $75,000/year business;
- Smith & Yelverton has recently moved into its new building;
- C.C. Baker runs a successful meat market/grocery on the corner of Wilson & Railroad;
- Uncle Jim Killebrew operates a peanut & fruit stand in town;
- Two garages are open in town: J.T. Eason & Co and J.C. Dildy’s, both supplying Ford parts; Eason also has an expert blacksmith and does general repair work;
- Fountain School has 150 pupils; Norman P. Farrior, Davidson ’15, principal;
- Town has a “satisfactory electric light system” and some folks have water works.